Travelers at Lyon-Part-Dieu station on February 8, 2015 in Lyon -


  • A photo showing a crowd of people - most of them masked - in the Lyon Part-Dieu station has been seen several million times on Facebook.

    She suggests that it would be an ordinary crowd on the site, in a context of the second epidemic wave of coronavirus.

  • The author of a particularly viral post, a taxi craftsman who presented himself to the Antibes municipal authorities under the label of the UPR, admits that he does not know the context in which the photo was taken.

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    , SNCF considers it probable that the photo was taken following the evacuation of the station last Thursday, after a woman threatened to blow herself up there.

  • For many Internet users, it shows in all cases the ineffectiveness of the measures taken by the government before the introduction of the reconfinement.

Social distancing, wearing a compulsory mask in the street, encouraging teleworking, curfews… The various measures taken by the government to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in France have not had the desired effect.

On Wednesday evening, Emmanuel Macron finally announced a new national confinement from Friday, and "at least for four weeks".

What to appease the grumbling that smolders on social networks before the announcement of this measure?

On Twitter and Facebook, it is indeed not uncommon to see Internet users disseminating and indignant photos of crowded cafe or restaurant terraces, or even saturated metro trains.

The comments are ironic and scathing, pointing to the ineffectiveness of the measures imposed by the government during the fall, and the latter's inability to enforce them.

A photo has also become particularly viral since the end of last week on Facebook: it shows a crowd stuck tight with, for the most part of the time, the following comment: "Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu yesterday ... Especially no more than 6 at home and no bistro or restaurants after 9:00 pm… ”

Screenshot of the post showing a crowd gathered at Lyon Part-Dieu station and gone viral.

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Shared thousands of times and reposted over and over again, the photo generated many comments.

Offended by some - "Hot, but really hot, and meanwhile, what is the government doing?"

"-, suspicious for others -" How to know if the photo is recent ???

Tired of ptg anything, without knowing… ”.


To find out under what circumstances this photo was at Lyon Part-Dieu station,

20 Minutes

contacted the author of one of the most viral posts, published on Saturday, October 24.

Michel Morgana, taxi craftsman by profession, was not lacking in frankness: “I cannot confirm when this photo was taken, I recovered it from someone else's account.

And since Facebook voluntarily limits shares, I saved it on my cell phone.


One thing is certain, it shows people wearing protective masks, proof that it was taken after the implementation of the obligation to wear a mask in public places open last July.

Asked to find who is at the origin of the cliché, Michel Morgana launched an appeal on his Facebook account.

Without success, to our knowledge.

Is it possible that the photo was taken not on Friday, as Michel Morgana suggests, but on Thursday?

That day, in fact, the Lyon Part-Dieu station had to be evacuated after a woman threatened to blow herself up.

Evacuation which led to an impressive crowd at the reopening of the station in particular, as we had related in this article.

Internet users had done the same, on Twitter, among others.

Nice part of God

- SPOOKY ᴶᴮ ᴮᴼᴺᴺᴱᵀ🦖🎃 (@ jbbonnet5) October 22, 2020

To support this track,

20 Minutes

tried to contact - unsuccessfully - the author of another publication posted on Friday, one day before that of Michel Morgana.

The comment is identical: “Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu yesterday [Thursday]… Especially no more than 6 at home and no bistro after 9 pm.



ontactée, the SNCF could not "confirm that the photo, of which we are not at the origin, was indeed taken during the evacuation of the station, Thursday".

However, "there are several things, such as home screens that do not display current information but a 'flashing traffic' message, that a particular device is in progress."

A detail that can be distinguished by zooming in on the photo.

Whether this photo has been taken out of context or not, Michel Morgana - who, let's be clear, ran in the last municipal elections under the label of the UPR (Republican Political Union, Sovereignist) in Antibes (Alpes-Maritimes ) - does not make much of it: “Anyway, it shows a public place, here a train station, but it can also be the metro in Paris, where social distancing is not respected.

And if it is also shared, it is because it resonates with people.

We are taking the full brunt of the consequences of short-term government decisions.


Finally, it should be noted that elected officials sometimes denounce on social networks crowded public transport in these times of epidemic, such as recently Stéphane Peu, PCF deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis, or Adrien Quattenens, deputy of the North and coordinator of BIA.

The @ Ligne13_RATP this morning.

Who are we kidding? # COVID19 #EtatdUrgenceSanitaire

- Stephane Peu (@ stephane1peu) October 26, 2020

A morning after #CouvreFeu like the others ?!

It is surprising this virus which spends its day in the gym, arrives at the bar every evening at 10 p.m. sharp and disappears in the morning when it is time to cram into public transport to go to work or to consume.


- Adrien Quatennens (@AQuatennens) October 13, 2020


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